Banking No Amiable Dunce

Clark Clifford lets Congress know he will not bow meekly in its B.C.C.I. probe

His hands tremble, his voice sometimes cracks, his face is deeply lined, and he needs a two-hour rest in the middle of each working day.

At 84, Clark M. Clifford is an old man. And his six-month battle to disprove that, as chairman of Washington's First American Bank, he knowingly acted as a front for the criminal Bank of Credit & Commerce International has taken a visible toll.

But anyone who thought the doyen of Washington power brokers was either pitiable or defenseless was quickly disabused of that idea last week. At a hearing before the House Banking Committee, which is...

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